Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to facilitate fertilization. The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization.
You may be offered IUI if:
- you are using donated sperm in your treatment (donor insemination)
- you are unable (or would find it very difficult) to have vaginal intercourse, for example because of
a physical disability or psychosexual problem
- you have a condition that means you need specific help to conceive (for example, if you're
a man who is HIV positive and you have undergone sperm washing to reduce the risk of passing on the disease to
your partner and potential child).